House Passes Mandatory Disclosure By Lobbyists Who 'Bundle' Donations To Lawmakers

Capitol Hill (AP) -- The House has approved requiring disclosure by lobbyists who round up campaign donations from others and "bundle" them together for lawmakers.

The 382-to-37 vote is considered a partial step for Democrats toward fulfilling a pledge to run a more ethical and open Congress. It is also seen a prelude to passage of a second ethics-related bill that would, among other things, require lawmakers to identify themselves when seeking special spending items in bills.

Before passing the measure, Democratic leaders had to address concerns from colleagues who said the lobbying changes were going too far. There was also concern the changes would hurt their ability to raise money and land well-paid lobbying jobs when they leave congress.

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